Portland Pie May Come to Reading and More Bites Nearby

Also in this month's restaurant round-up: Woburn shop Mr. Charlie's may be moving and ground is broken for a Wegman's in Burlington.

We know Wilmington residents don’t just stay in town when they want a night out and a break from cooking. 

Restaurant coming and goings, new business and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on Patch sites around the region over the past month.

Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories covered in the past month.


Portland Pie Co. May be Coming to Reading: A company that started as a maker of gourmet pizza pies with flavored pizza dough is considering opening a restaurant on Haven Street, its first in the Commonwealth. Portland Pie Co., which opened in Portland, Maine, in 1997, has expanded its menu with appetizers, salads and sandwiches and full liquor service in five locations, according to its website: in Maine, in Portland, Scarborough and Westbrook and in New Hampshire, in Manchester and Nashua.


Mr. Charlie's Could be on the Move: The City Council opened three public hearings regarding North Woburn projects, but all will need more discussion.In August, some North Woburn residents were upset to learn that a a CVS could be built on the current site of Mr. Charlie's ice cream shop, while that eatery would move across the street into the the old Dunkin' Donuts spot in the shopping plaza.


Owner of Mario's Opening New Restaurant in Beverly: Freeda's Pizza and Calzones, coming this November to the North Beverly Plaza, isn't your typical mom and pop pizza shop. Sure, the Guevara family has been operating Mario's Pizza in North Reading for 30 years. And, yes, mom and pop, in this case, Alfina and Romeo, are the president and vice president of the company. But operations director Al Guevara says Freeda's, named after his mother, Alfina, whose nickname was Freeda when she grew up in Sicily, isn't the average. 

Liquor License Passed for Joe Fish in North Reading: Owners of Joe Fish in North Andover Jim Demetri and Jim Dietz went before the selectmen Monday night to have their liquor license approved for the new Joe Fish restaurant that will be located in the old Piccadilly Pub space. The liquor license was approved unanimously. Both Demetri and Dietz co-own Joe Fish and the Loft in North Andover and plan to open another Joe Fish on Main Street in North Reading. The restaurant will have 150 seats and 20 bar seats, according to Demetri.


Red Mango Frozen Yogurt Coming to Burlington: Red Mango , the Number-1 Zagat rated frozen yogurt and smoothie chain in America, is expanding throughout Massachusetts. Joining more than 200 Red Mango stores across North America, Red Mango has awarded a franchise agreement for a new location in Burlington. Franchise owners Carrie and John Butera signed a development agreement to open a self-serve location next spring in the Burlington Mall. 

Ground Broken for Burlington's Wegman's: Local and state officials, along with many local residents, came to the future Wegman's location on 3rd Avenue last week for a groundbreaking event. Though no shovels were actually put in the ground, the event was a celebration of the beginning in the next stage of the site's development. The Wegman's is planned to open in the spring of 2014.

Lindt Chocolates Re-Opens in Burlington: Good news for chocolate lovers. Swiss chocolatier Lindt celebrated the grand re-opening of it's Burlington location in the Burlington Mall. According to Lindt, the store will feature a vast array of premium chocolate offerings and Lindt "Chocolate Advisors" will be on hand to educate and guide customers through the store.


The Ram's Head Is Open For Business: When fall arrives, it’s always good news for hungry patrons of the Ram’s Head restaurant at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, and their wallets and pocketbooks. Shortly after the start of the school year, the Ram’s Head opens its doors to the public and, according to Brian Considine, the Dining Room Supervisor of the student-operated establishment, the Ram’s Head is now offering its usual tasty selections of meals and their always-affordable prices.


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